Gainey upsets Love, Furyk for McGladrey win

By Rex HoggardOctober 21, 2012, 11:16 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – A stone-faced crowd filed off property with all the excitement of a University of Georgia fan following a particularly painful Bulldog loss, or an American gallery after a Ryder Cup defeat. Pick a Ryder Cup, any one will do considering the red, white and blue have only one victory this century.

As Davis Love III has joked many times this week, “Blame it on the captain.”

In fairness, Love will shoulder the blame for America’s loss last month at Medinah. He has to, it’s a leadership deal. But that is little more than misdirected anger. This, however, was something else. This was Love’s to win, or Jim Furyk depending on which reclamation project tugged enough on the heart strings.

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The duo began the day two strokes clear of the field. Seventy-one players survived a secondary cut on Saturday, but Sunday was a two-man race, or so one could have been forgiven for thinking.

But things haven’t gone to plan for either player this season. After the month Love and Furyk have had, the only thing missing on Sunday at Sea Island Resort was a hot-putting German and echoes of “Ole, Ole, Ole.”

Instead, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey – who set out on Sunday 2 hours, 25 minutes before and seven strokes adrift of the leaders – played the role of Martin Kaymer, scorching the Seaside Course with a 10-under 60 that included a missed 15 footer at the last for 59. And then he waited.

He waited as the winds along the Brunswick River came up. He waited as Furyk and Love squandered birdie opportunities. He waited as David Toms slowly ran out of holes. He waited 104 Tour starts to notch his first victory, however surreal and subdued it may be.

The Sea Island crowds wanted a victory for Love, the tournament host and island staple. Those with a sense of cosmic justice were likely leaning toward Furyk, who led the U.S. Open through 69 holes, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational through 71 holes, and his pivotal Sunday singles match against Sergio Garcia through 16 holes only to drop all three decisions.

But as day turned to dusk on a clear fall day Gainey’s wait became more interesting.

Love three-putted the 14th hole to drop to 13 under, three behind Gainey, and pulled his drive into the hazard at No. 16 for a double bogey-6 to end the Cinderella scenario.

For Furyk the end came more slowly, missing a 20 footer for birdie at the 16th to remain one back, and the greens at Nos. 16 and 17. As the late Seve Ballesteros may have opined, “I miss, I miss, I miss, I lose.”

“What I’m most disappointed about is when it came down the stretch,” said Furyk, who closed with a 69 to finish alone in third place a stroke behind Toms (63) and two behind Gainey. “Hitting the ball pretty much as good as I can I made really, really poor swings at 17 and 18 with a 7-iron and 8-iron.”

Gainey is familiar with disappointment. The quintessential journeyman began plying the mini-tours in 1995, was forced back into the game after being laid off from AO Smith, where he installed insulation on water heaters, and missed more cuts in 2011 (17) than some Tour types play in a season.

The largest comeback on Tour this year was Kyle Stanley’s eight-stroke rally in Phoenix, but somehow Gainey’s come-from-behind finish from a touchdown back seemed more compelling.

Maybe it was his attempt to become the sixth Tour player to post 59 in an official event, a thought he said that never crossed his mind, or the cast of characters that spent an excruciatingly long afternoon chasing him.

“I was nervous,” said Gainey, who spent most of the two hours after he finished his round answering text messages and watching the telecast. “When you’ve got Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and David Toms coming at you, you may want to pay attention.

“You’ve got Hall of Famers, future Hall of Famers chasing me . . . chasing me . . . I’m Tommy Gainey . . . Two Gloves.”

On this one maybe karma got it right. Sure Love and Furyk could have used a post-Ryder Cup boost, but for Gainey, who had earned more than half his money this year on Tour in one week (Crowne Plaza Invitational where he finished third), the McGladrey victory, his first on Tour, is a life changer.

The mini-tour legend turned folk hero was still digesting that reality when Love, who finished tied for fourth after a closing 71, approached him before the trophy presentation.

Prior to this week, Gainey’s best Tour finish was a runner-up showing to Love at the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic when the rookie charged in with a closing 64.

“In ’08 that was (Love’s) 20th win and I’m playing well and he hit a tee shot at the 17th like he did today at the 16th, just a rope hook,” Gainey recalled. “But back then the ball stayed out of the hazard and he got up and down out of a bunker for par to beat me by one. He mentioned that to me and how odd it was that he was giving me the trophy.”

An odd ending indeed, for a tournament and a season.

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Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 5:50 pm

Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

(Note: Group winners are highlighted; * equals won in playoff)

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
(1) D. Johnson: 0-2-0 (2) J. Thomas: 2-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-1-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
(32) K. Kisner: 1-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 2-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 2-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
(38) A. Hadwin: 1-0-1
(48) P. Kizzire: 0-2-0 (43) C. Reavie: 1-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
(52) B. Wiesberger: 1-1-0
(60) L. List: 0-2-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-1-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
(5) H. Matsuyama: 1-1-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 1-2-0 (7) S. Garcia: 2-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-1-0
(30) P. Cantlay: 1-1-0
(18) B. Harman: 2-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 2-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-1-0
(46) C. Smith: 2-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-2-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-2-0 (42) J. Dufner: 1-1-0
(53) Y. Miyazato: 0-2-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 2-1-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-2-0 (56) J. Hahn: 1-1-0
Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
(9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 2-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-2-1 (12) T. Hatton: 2-0-0
(26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-2-0 (23) B. Grace: 1-1-1 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-2-0
(33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-1-0 (35) B. Watson: 2-0-1 (36) B. Steele: 1-1-0
(58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 1-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-1-1 (55) A. Levy: 1-1-0
Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
(13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 1-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-1-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 1-0-1
(29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-1-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-1-1 (27) R. Fisher: 1-1-0
(39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-2-0 (37) W. Simpson: 1-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-1-0
(61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 2-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 1-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-1-1
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Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 5:44 pm

Here is how things played out on Day 3 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play. Click here for Day 2 match results:

Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Kevin Kisner (32)

Group 1: Adam Hadwin (38) vs. Bernd Wiesberger (52)

Group 2: Justin Thomas (2) vs. Francesco Molinari (2)

Group 2: Patton Kizzire (48) vs. Luke List (60)

Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) def. Jon Rahm, 4 and 3: Unbeaten through two days, Aphibarnrat put the hammer down on Rahm, last year’s finalist. Barnrat needed only three birdies to secure the group win, while Rahm dropped to 0-2-1 for the week.

Group 3: Chez Reavie (43) vs. Keegan Bradley (63)

Group winner: Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Group 4: Jordan Spieth (4) vs. Patrick Reed (19)

Group 4: Haotong Li (34) vs. Charl Schwartzel (49)

Group 5: Hideki Matsuyama (5) vs. Patrick Cantlay (30)

Group 5: Cameron Smith (46) vs. Yusaku Miyazato (53)

Group 6: Brian Harman (18) def. Rory McIlroy (6), 5 and 3: Harman took advantage of McIlroy’s missed putts and uncharacteristic mistakes to build a 3-up advantage on the front nine, then cruised to a lopsided victory. At 2-0-1, Harman wins the group, while McIlroy can begin his prep for Augusta.

Group 6: Jhonattan Vegas (44) vs. Peter Uihlein (57) def. Jhonattan Vegas (44), 4 and 3: Even though Uihlein won the first two holes on his way to routing Vegas, it wasn’t enough for the former U.S. Amateur champion to advance. He finished the week 2-1.

Group winner: Brian Harman

Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) vs. Xander Schauffele (20)

Group 7: Dylan Frittelli (41) vs. Shubhankar Sharma (62)

Group 8: Jason Day (8) vs. Louis Oosthuizen (25)

Group 8: Jason Dufner (42) vs. James Hahn (56)

Group 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9) vs. Daniel Berger (26)

Group 9: Kevin Chappell (33) vs. Ian Poulter (58)

Group 10: Paul Casey (10) vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick (31)

Group 10: Kyle Stanley (45) vs. Russell Henley (51)

Group 11: Marc Leishman (11) vs. Branden Grace (23), halved: Already eliminated, Leishman kept Grace from reaching the pool-play playoff by never trailing in the match. Though the South African holed a 25-footer on 17 to extend it, both players halved the 18th hole with birdies, including a 6-footer from Leishman, to earn a half-point.

Group 11: Bubba Watson (35) vs. Julian Suri (64), halved: Needing just a half-point to advance, but two down with two to go, Bubba stuffed his tee shot on 17, then hit his driver pin-high on the home hole. After Suri couldn’t get up-and-down for birdie, Watson sank his 8-footer for the halve. It's the second consecutive year in which Watson has won his group.

Group winner: Bubba Watson

Group 12: Tyrrell Hatton (12) vs. Charley Hoffman (22)

Group 12: Brendan Steele (36) vs. Alexander Levy (55)

Group 13: Alex Noren (13) vs. Tony Finau (29)

Group 13: Thomas Pieters (39) vs. Kevin Na (61)

Group 14: Phil Mickelson (14) vs. Rafa Cabrera Bello (17)

Group 14: Satoshi Kodaira (40) vs. Charles Howell III (59)

Group 15: Pat Perez (15) vs. Gary Woodland (24)

Group 15: Webb Simpson (37) vs. Si Woo Kim (50)

Group 16: Matt Kuchar (16) vs. Ross Fisher (27)

Group 16: Yuta Ikeda (47) vs. Zach Johnson (54)

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Watch: Rory finds trouble, and more trouble, and more ...

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 4:33 pm

Rory McIlroy was in a must-win situation against Brian Harman in order to have a chance to advance to the one-and-done portion of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

And, as you can see, McIlroy did not get off to an ideal start on Friday.

McIlroy lost the third, fifth and ninth holes at Austin Country Club. Harman led, 3 up, at the turn.

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Watch: Stefani makes hole-in-one, has no clue

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 3:18 pm

Shawn Stefani made a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th in the second round of the Corales Puntacana Resorts and Club Championship.

However, he never saw it go in.

Stefani knew he hit a great shot, and this isn't shown in the video below, but he just questioned everyone around him if they saw the ball go into the hole.

A Golf Channel cameraman finally gave him the news and Stefani responded with an enthusiastic thumbs up.